Ken here, filling in for Grant this week with the flagship Weekly Crisis Comic Book Reviews. This week I take a look at Batman #8, Punisher #10, and some more quick shot reviews. It's a good week for comics, so hit the jump to find out my thoughts on what was released.
The story opens with a still injured Bruce felling a little mopey after realizing the Wayne name might not be the one actually shaping Gotham. No time to have the ego bruised, as Talons come flying in to finish the job. Commence the fighting. The issue then becomes a fight for survival, as we get Bruce moving about the whole mansion while Alfred hunkers down in the cave. This is where Capullo really shines, as fight scenes are condensed on the page from location to location. As I mentioned in the Moments of the Week post, we get to see Bruce showing us some of the other hidden passages throughout the house, including a chimney-to-Batcave one-way slide. That probably scared Santa quite a bit the year it got installed. By issue's end, Bruce just does for the big guns, and in doing so it seems to get the point across that the event is supposed to be at a rapid pace to actually take place in a night. Sometimes, like in the case of Blackest Night or Secret Invasion, it felt like time was distorted in how the story played out. Was that just a few hours, or a day or two? Weeks? Here we know it's been a matter of minutes from home invasion to heavy hitting defense.
The backup, co-written by Snyder and Tynion, isn't as powerful as the main story but it delivers a solid justification for all the other bat-books (sans Batwoman) to connect to the event. Bruce isn't the only one to get sentenced to death this night, but all the major players in the city are sentenced to die, and it becomes a matter for Alfred to get the word out to the bat-clan in time. Albuquerque takes over the backup work, and it seems much more like his work for Uncanny X-Force a while back, with a stronger value placed on black and line thickness.
Verdict - Must Read. It's not as strong as previous Batman issues in terms of really providing some strong character moments of big time reveals that really connect, but at this point it's like saying you're getting gold instead of platinum with Snyder and Capullo. The backup works to elaborate on the story while setting up Alfred's future stories, and I feel much more comfortable with this event going forward.